Yes.DarkJedi wrote:I wanted to post this reply separate so it didn't get lost in the jumble of the above. Do you think missionaries might find more success if missions were more like the Peace Corps than guys in suits knocking on doors? If missionaries went out and truly lived among the people and worked with the people and truly physically/temporally helped people, do you think that would go much farther than knocking on a door and saying "We're in your neighborhood today sharing a message about Jesus Christ?" Which one really brings the gospel to people? Is it better to demonstrate the gospel as opposed to talking about it?
Back to the OP, I'm reminded of the old flood joke where God says "I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what else was I supposed to do?" Is God sending a message to missionaries (and the church) and are missionaries and the church not hearing it?
(I think my opinion on the subject is probably obvious. )
Probably 95% of the folks I taught who were baptized were a direct result of some sort of service. It wasn't always organized service but it was because my companion and I helped someone who was struggling in some way. We had some successes with tracting but were far more effective when we served people, whether it was helping someone off the bus who had arms loaded with bags or tossing a soccer ball back to kids after it had rolled into the street.